Current regulations for ducted heater in roof cavities

  • , by Manny Sidhu
  • 1 min reading time

Ducted heaters are most certainly not a DIY project. You need gas pipeline running in to the roof cavity along with an electrical connection to power the unit. You also need to ensure you don't overload the circuitry. In Victoria, gas heaters must only be installed by a licensed gasfitter (also called gas plumber). You must obtain a Certificate of Compliance issued by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). This certificate is issued when a fitting or fixture or appliance is installed on a gas line. Here're some general requirements:

  • Installation of gas heaters must comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 5601.1:2013, which covers the installation and maintenance of gas appliances, including ducted gas heaters.
  • Adequate ventilation must be provided in the room where the gas heater is installed to prevent the build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • A carbon monoxide alarm is recommended where the gas heater is located.
  • The gas heater must be serviced regularly by a licensed gasfitter to ensure its safety and energy efficiency. In April 2023, it's a current requirement to service these appliances once every 2 years.
  • The VBA provides a handy list of requirements, check it here:

The Braemar TQ320 ducted heater is commonly installed in Victorian homes. It is rated with a 3.7-star energy efficiency rating, which means it is reasonably energy-efficient compared to other models in the market. However, it is recommended to consider other factors such as the size of the house, insulation, and zoning requirements before selecting a heating system.

It is always advisable to consult a licensed gasfitter and a heating specialist to ensure that your installation complies with current regulations and meets your specific heating needs.

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